Nearly two weeks ago we went to Spago (I've been away and haven't been able to post until now) and had a feast! A friend took my husband and I out -- we were two couples in our late twenties-early thirties. We had a reservation for eight on a Sunday night. They sat us immediately and took care of our drink order right away. We all ordered the tasting menu and it was fantastic, one of the best tasting menus I've ever had and among the top five meals of all time for me. This is what we had (I took notes to be able to recount all this):
A series of small bites/amuses:
*Foie gras served with a tiny quince tart
*Blini with smoked salmon and caviar
*Pastrami foie gras
*Oyster au gratin topped with caviar [my favorite among the little dishes]
Rest of the meal (appetizers & main courses):
*Tuna sashimi served with greens
*Veal sweetbreads with tangerine and blood orange sauce
*Langoustine with pad thai noodles
*Monkfish with bacon and mushrooms served on pea puree
*Spinach and lobster risotto (garnished with sea urchin, so good!).
*Breast of duck served rare on grilled veggies
*Sonoma lamb with fava beans and black olive sauce
*Apple granita with lemon sorbet
*Caramel tart with chocolate
The meal was fabulous, I had a few glasses of wine but did not get the pairings (I would have if I had been paying). The whole dinner was balanced and well-paced and I was able to eat everything; although I was stuffed I was not in pain (other tasting menus elsewhere are larger, I think, and this was the first one I have had that you can actually eat and not explode or nearly explode). One other thing: I liked it all. There wasn't a dish I didn't like. I loved it all except the desserts which I liked fine but did not love as much as the rest of the meal.
My favorite thing was the cheese course: a large tray of cheeses is brought to the table and you can choose what you want and ask for recommendations. The cheese was sublime -- the best Stilton I have ever had, for example. I could go back to Spago and just eat the cheese.
The desserts were good but, unlike the rest of the meal, were not earth-shattering. I could have eaten more cheese instead. (I liked the granita because it was refreshing and light; the caramel tart was good but boring).
About the service: the service was a bit indifferent, but good. They forgot to bring us our mineral water and our waiter was rarely around, but the rest of the staff was friendly. The service was worse than at other top restaurants that I've been to (Josie, for example, has amazingly good service).
Overall, we had a great time and ate like royalty and I want to go back for my birthday!